Consequences Of Impulsive Decisions In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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In a romantic comedy, two people will fall in love at first sight, with everything working out at the end. However, this is not possible in a tragedy. The tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of a couple’s forbidden love and how it leads to many consequences, which are caused by impulsive decisions. One consequence is the couple having to hide their love from their families and friends. Another is the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt. The final consequence is the deaths of the lovers themselves, Romeo and Juliet. The tragedy in Romeo and Juliet is caused by quick and impulsive decisions because they lead to unforeseen consequences. The first example of how quick and impulsive decisions lead to unforeseen consequences is when Romeo and Juliet kiss and get married in a matter of hours. After seeing each other for the first time, Romeo and Juliet immediately fall in love. Before even having a reasonable conversation, they kiss. Romeo says, “Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take/ (Kisses her)/Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged” (I.v.105-107). Romeo kisses Juliet who …show more content…

Romeo and Juliet’s decision to kiss and get married leads to the stress of having to hide their marriage from their families. Tybalt’s inflammable personality and Romeo’s passionate urge for revenge leads to the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt. Finally, Romeo and Juliet’s impulsive decisions to kill themselves lead to woe for both the Capulets and the Montagues. This tragedy demonstrates to the audience what could happen if they make quick and impulsive decisions. It teaches them to make careful and well thought out choices, as well as to not make decisions based on emotions. If the characters in Romeo and Juliet were more mature and disciplined, then none of these consequences would have occurred, resulting in a play that’s not a

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